Born: July 31, 1949
Died: March 9, 2014
Thursday, March 13th at 1:30 p.m. at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Chaplain Craig Cummins
Kevin Van Roekel
Wednesday, March 12th at the funeral home beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 Wednesday evening.
How Great Thou Art
by Pat Botjen and Monte Erickson
Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee
In Memory of
Harlan 'Harley' W. Meister
Harlan Wayne Meister, was born July 31, 1949, in Sioux City, IA, the son of Clifford L. and Lucille M. (Klug) Meister (Brandt). He grew up in Cherokee, IA, and graduated from Washington High School in 1968.
Later that same year he married Maren West. They resided in the Cherokee area, and were blessed with three children. They later divorced. In 1988 he married Daune Brown, who brought 5 children into the family, and Harlan gained another son.
Harley began working at Wilson Foods in Cherokee in 1968, and continued to work at that same plant for almost 45 years. During his time there, he worked in nearly every department before his retirement in 2013. He raised livestock for a time, and liked being on the farm. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, golfing, going to auctions, and making something out of nothing. He was very proud of all four of his children, and his favorite pastime was spending time with them and his grandchildren.
On Sunday, March 9, 2014, Harlan passed away at his home in Cherokee at the age of 64. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford, his mother Lucy and step-dad Donald Brandt, and his brother, Larry Meister.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children and their families: Lisa Meister-Erickson and husband, Monte, of Le Mars, IA, son Kevin Meister and wife, Melinda, son Bill Meister and significant other Suzanne Gustafson, and son Jim Thatcher and his wife, Shilo, all of Cherokee; his grandchildren, Eric and Lucas Erickson, Chelsea and husband, Jake Van Roekel, Elizabeth and Victoria Gustafson, and Desiree, Drake, Teagan and Alyssa Thatcher; a sister, Janett and husband Roger Tripp of North Sioux City, SD; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Greenwood Funeral Home
216 South 2nd Street | Highway 59 South | Cherokee, Iowa 51012 | 712-225-4886
100 Eagle Avenue | Marcus, Iowa 51035 | 712-376-4886